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Sea Rescue

Sea Rescue

Spring 2014 Television
Ages: 13 - 16 yrs.
Rating: TV G

What do you do if a manatee strays into the frigid waters off of Cape Cod? Or a dolphin loses parts of its fins in a shark attack?

Animal lovers will love the exceptional documentary-style storytelling used to answer these questions in Sea Rescue, a half-hour program spotlighting the rescue and rehabilitation of sea life that has to overcome the odds to survive. This program is hosted by Sam Champion (formerly the weather editor on Good Morning America), who teams up with marine biologists from Sea World as they follow extraordinary cases from rescue through rehabilitation and, if possible, the animal's re-release back into its natural habitat.

Each episode includes two separate sea rescues and blends insightful interviews and video to explain the biology and ecology issues affecting each case. But segment producers capably inject even more heart and hope into each story by incorporating stories of the humans touched by the animals' recoveries. In the story of the manatee stranded in frigid waters far from its warm natural habitat, not only do we learn about the extraordinary attempts to save the failing manatee but we also meet a 13-year old girl who takes a personal interest in the animal. In the story of an injured dolphin, the story takes an even more heartwarming turn as the marine biologist caring for it reaches out to injured veterans as part of the Wounded Warrior project, and they swim with the dolphin as part of their own therapy and recovery.

This excellent program takes viewers through each step of the dramatic rescues and rehabilitation in a half hour that will appeal to family members of all ages—but parents do need to be aware of the fact that some of the animal injuries could upset small children and sadly, not every animal rehabilitation has a happy ending. Still, subject matter is handled in an informative and sensitive way and most of the rescues really are success stories. With its excellent videography, compelling storylines, and educational content, Sea Rescue will become a favorite of animal lovers—and probably even reel in new viewers who don't normally watch nature programs.

Gina Catanzarite   ©2014 Parents' Choice
Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster's Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

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